Advent Week 1
Readings for the Advent Wreath: Week 1 The first candle of the Advent wreath is called the Candle of Prophecy. It reminds us of how God spoke to His people through the prophets, offering them the hope of a Savior. It also reminds us of the faithfulness of God's promises, so that we can live in hope.
Isaiah says in chapter 9, verses 2 through 7:
Scripture Isaiah 9:2-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the trampling warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called, "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this!
Prayer O Emmanuel, Jesus Christ, desire of every nation, Savior of all peoples, come and dwell among us. Readings for the Advent Wreath - Week Two
Advent Week 2
The second candle on the Advent wreath is the Bethlehem Candle. Jesus was born in an ordinary little town, in a stable full of animals. He comes to us also in ordinary places, among ordinary people. And just as God set His star above Bethlehem that night, He also fills our seemingly ordinary lives with His light.
Our reading is from the fifth chapter of Micah, verses two through four:
Scripture Micah 5:2-4 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler of Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in travail has brought forth; then the rest of his brethren shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.
Prayer O King of all nations, Jesus Christ, only joy of every heart, come and save your people.
Readings for the Advent Wreath - Week Three
Advent Week 3
On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the Shepherd's Candle. It wasn't the rich and famous who came to worship Jesus that first Christmas Eve, but poor shepherds. As we light this candle, God reminds us that, "as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me." He invites us, as his children, the "poor in Spirit," to come into His presence and worship Him.
The story of the shepherds is recorded in the Gospel According to Saint Luke, in the second chapter: Scripture Luke 2 - And in that region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising god and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased." When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it marveled at what the shepherds told them.
Prayer O Key of David, Jesus Christ, the gates of heaven open at your command, come and show us the way to salvation. Readings for the Advent Wreath - Week Four
Advent Week 4
The fourth candle of the Advent wreath is the Angel's Candle. The Angel's Candle announces that the Babe of Bethlehem, whose birth the angels announced on Christmas Eve, will come again with all His angels to take us home and establish His everlasting kingdom. The Revelation of St. John records what that day will be like, in the twenty-second chapter: Scripture Revelation 22 - Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of god and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever. "I, Jesus have sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star." The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let him who hears say, "Come." And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price. He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! Prayer O Wisdom, holy Word of God, Jesus Christ, all things are in your hands, come and show us the way to salvation.